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The Ma YogaShakti Mission

H. H. Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati photo source: i.ytimg.com

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

The YogaShakti Mission is a Hindu organization founded in 1979 by Maha Mandaleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati, an Indian female guru whose philosophy is “Life is given to explore the Ultimate Reality, whatever it may be; besides learning the skills of survival”.

After migrating to the U.S. in 1977, she established ashrams in Ozone Park, New York, and Palm Bay and Deer-field Beach, Florida. She has also organized four ashrams in India; Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Gondia. The ashrams teach to maintain a balance between all forms of yoga; Hatha, Raja, Bhakti, and Karma. Devotional services, classes and retreats are held at all centres. (more…)

Spreading the word of peace: Brahma Kumaris

Spreading the message of one love. Image Source: http://bkinfo.in

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937 by Dada Lekhraj Kripalani, who later took the name Brahma Baba, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. (more…)

History of Yoga in Kolkata

BY VRITIKA JHUNJHUNWALA

“YOGA” is an ancient Sanskrit word which, in only two syllables, encompasses the entire body of spiritual experiences and experiments of tens of thousands of Realised Masters. These Masters have discovered the Ultimate Reality, Sat, and in their infinite compassion, have carefully marked a path for others to follow. Of these great saints and sadhus, Bengal and especially its capital city Kolkata have been fortunate enough to house some of the gems in the treasure chest of Indian spirituality. (more…)

Yoga in Contemporary India: North-western India

DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

Direndra Brahmachari through his Ashram in Jammu and Prof RC Gupta and Prof GD Sharma through the Himachal University have been instrumental in propagating Yoga in the Northwestern frontier. It is to the credit of Prof RC Gupta and Prof GD Sharma that HP University Yoga Department a well-known name all over the country. (more…)

Yoga in Contemporary India: Eastern & North-eastern India

Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yoga lessons at The Bihar School of Yoga. Photograph – Coni Hörler

EASTERN INDIA

Swami Satyananda and his disciples have put Bihar on the Yoga map with the Bihar School of Yoga that has been a beacon light for the seeker of Yoga. With numerous branches all over the world and Australia in particular, Swami Satyananda built up the Bihar School of Yoga on the back of the Ganges at Munger in the 1960s. A favourite chela of Swami Sivananda, his Bani encompasses the Yoga, Vedanta and Tantric traditions dealing with Yoga as a medium to gain and control the Psychic energies. The signature practice of the BSY is the Yoga Nidra that was developed by Satyananda.  Swami Niranjananda continues the work of his Guru after Swami Satyananda attained Maha Samadhi. The Ashram in the mid period had become a deemed university under the name of Bihar Yoga Bharathi offering masters courses in the science of Yoga but then has changed back due to numerous developments. (more…)

Yoga Goa India – True Connections with A Modern Day Holy Man

BY ADITHI MATHEWS

For Yogi Andre Bolourchi, an Indian holy man was someone who lived in solitude, practiced celibacy, had a beard, and wore many malas. This stereotype lifted when he met Krishna, an Indian ascetic and Yogi who taught Yoga on the beaches of Goa. We stumbled upon the video of Andre practicing Yoga and learning Ayurveda with Krishna in Goa through the World Nomad’s YouTube channel. Since we loved what we saw about Andre’s Indian Yoga experience, we got in touch with him to find out more.  (more…)

Lessons from the Mat – A Mysore Yoga Experience

Yarang Michi with her Teacher Yogacharya Bharath Shetty

BY YARANG MICHI

Taking a long break from teaching and becoming a student once again really helps me to find the essence of yoga, which is “balance”. At the end of the day the skill of balance is what yoga really is all about, either on or off the mat. In Mysore, I’m beginning again into learning the beauty, depth and diversity of yoga in detail

The “Ashtanga Yoga” tradition involves putting the body through a progression of series of postures called Vinyasa while, synchronising the breath. The process produces intense internal heat and sweating, which detoxifies the body and the mind.

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